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Tag Archives: health & social work

Transhealth Information Project: A Peer-Led HIV Prevention Intervention to Promote HIV Protection for Individuals of Transgender Experience

A recent issue of the journal Health & Social Work, co-published by NASW Press and Oxford University Press, features an article on the issue of HIV and individuals of transgender experience. Individuals of transgender experience (ITE) in the United States face an elevated risk of HIV infection. Several conditions have been attributed to the high HIV incidence and prevalence within ... Read More »

Current Practices of Live Discharge from Hospice: Social Work Perspectives

Hospice provides holistic support for individuals living with terminal illness and to their caregivers during the bereavement period. However, some individuals who enroll in hospice services are decertified as they do not experience a decline in health as quickly as required by current regulations, a practice referred to as a live discharge. The interruption in care can affect the physical ... Read More »

No Longer Invisible: Understanding the Psychosocial Impact of Skin Color Stratification in the Lives of African American Women

Social workers work with clients who face various disadvantages due to social stigma, discrimination, and oppression. These disadvantages range from race, to ethnic origins, to gender, to sexual orientation, and beyond. One important factor in social stigma and discrimination that social workers need to be more aware of is colorism. “Colorism” is defined as discrimination based on skin tone. This ... Read More »

Formal and informal neighborhood social organization: Which promotes better resident health?

Residential neighborhoods have an effect on residents’ health, according to increasing research in health and social sciences. Neighborhood structural characteristics are consistently associated with individual health outcomes. For example, living in disadvantaged neighborhoods is associated with poorer health and an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as hypertension. Similarly, neighborhood racial segregation is associated with poorer health for black ... Read More »